AN MP has defended making expenses claims for as little as 4p.
Tristram Hunt, Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, claimed the amount, the smallest possible for mileage, on two occasions for journeys of just 0.1 miles, or 176 yards.
But Mr Hunt, who was elected last May, says the claims were justified and complied with the rules covering Parliamentary expenses.Expenses for all MPs are published on the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority's (IPSA) website, allowing voters to see the amount being claimed each time, and the reason for the claim.
Mr Hunt made a claim for 4p for a journey to a constituency meeting on August 16, 2010. He made another 4p claim for a journey to a meeting at St Peter's High School in Penkhull on November 19. Over the course of the year Mr Hunt made a total of 14 claims for journeys of less than a mile.
My comment: 176 yards? Walk you lazy ..........!
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